10 PhD scholarships and opportunities at the University of Newcastle, Australia

Here are 10  PhD scholarships and opportunities at the University of Newcastle, Australia


Epigenetic Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Closing Date: 31 August 2019
PhD Scholarship

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a predominantly fatal disease characterised by cellular heterogeneity and epigenomic dysregulation. This project will use cutting-edge single-cell multi-omic methods to investigate epigenetic heterogeneity during AML progression.


Investigating the Impact, Mediators and Sustainability of Teacher Professional Development and Transference to Student Outcomes

Closing Date: 12 September 2019
PhD Scholarship

A unique opportunity for statistically trained candidates to engage in, and potentially lead, the burgeoning field of quantitative research within education and policy. Focussing on the statistical aspects, the research supports an Australian Research Council-funded project incorporating the first Australian randomised controlled trial to investigate the impact, mediators and sustainability of teacher professional development and transference to student outcomes – an internationally important phenomenon. High-level and complex statistical modelling skills are fundamental to this position.

Brain stroke

Role of the Blood-Brain barrier (BBB) in Stroke and Dementia, and Other Ageing Related Brain Conditions

Closing Date: 15 September 2019
PhD Scholarship

Irregular and rapid heartbeat can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, blood clots and stroke, affecting millions of people worldwide. Recent evidence suggests a link between cardiovascular disease and brain injury, most likely due to disrupted blood-brain barrier (BBB, the physiological barrier that protects the brain from blood-borne toxins and pathogens, and regulates molecular traffic between the blood and the brain). Maintaining normal blood flow is essential for brain endothelial function, including maintaining barrier integrity. We have shown that microvessicles (MVs, small membraneous vesicles released by cells) are released from brain endothelial cells during inflammatory conditions leading to barrier dysfunction. We hypothesise that MVs released during conditions with altered blood flow or sheer stress will lead to disruption of the BBB and worsening of outcomes. The aim of this project is to investigate the underlying mechanisms with a focus on the BBB.

Smoking during pregnancy

Implementing Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pregnant Women

Closing Date: 15 September 2019
PhD Scholarship

The student will research an aspect of the iSISTAQUIT (implementing Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) project. This targets health services working with Aboriginal pregnant mothers, to improve management of smoking in pregnancy.

Green DNA

Optimising the Use of the 2D Computer-Vision FaceMatch Algorithm to Enhance Opportunities for Novel Intellectual Disability Gene Discovery and Reduced Time to Diagnosis of Syndromic ID. 

Closing Date: 01 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

A biomedical / biostatistics PhD scholarship to optimise the use of the 2D computer-vision FaceMatch algorithm (facematch.org.au) to enhance opportunities for novel intellectual disability (ID) gene discovery and improved interpretation of DNA sequencing data in the diagnosis of syndromic ID.

Cigarette Smoke

Exploring the Latest Developments in Smoking Cessation Treatments for People with Substance Use Disorders

Closing Date: 01 October 2019
PhD Opportunity

A PhD opportunity is available to study the latest developments in smoking cessation treatments for people with substance use disorders, supervised by Prof Billie Bonevski and Conjoint Prof Adrian Dunlop from Hunter New England Local Health District.

Girl Smoking

Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Support Smoking Cessation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers 

Closing Date: 30 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

‘Which Way?’ is a community led research project that will partner with 5 ACCHS’ in New South Wales over 3 years to explore what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s needs and desires are for holistic smoking cessation during pregnancy. The project asks, “Which way?” to develop an Indigenous led evidence base for what our communities want and need to support smoking cessation during pregnancy that is non-pharmacological.


Marginalia and the Early Modern Woman Writer, 1530-1660. 

Closing Date: 31 October 2019
PhD Scholarship

The research undertaken is part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and will provide an ambitious new literary history of how early modern women read and wrote in the margins of their books, uncovering new texts, practices, writers and readers across 150 years. It aims to change the ways in which we understand reading and writing practice in the English Renaissance.


Investigating the Link Between Cerebrovascular and Brain Structural/Functional Processes Contributing to Cognitive Ability Across the Lifespan

Closing Date: 24 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

Using innovative optical imaging methodology that maps the brain’s regional arterial health, this research program aims to characterize the link between the brain’s arterial system and progressive changes in cognitive control ability and in brain structure and function in across the lifespan in healthy and clinical groups. This project is a collaboration between scientists at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who have pioneered and patented this optical method, and UON cognitive neuroscience researchers.


Visual Mesh Based Multi-Object Tracking

Closing Date: 30 November 2019
PhD Scholarship

The project objective is to achieve the highest currently possible frame rates when tracking several targets of known size and shape from a static camera with high accuracy and robustly in high resolution video.

Pregnant belly

Chronic disease and sexual/reproductive health

Closing Date: 31 March 2020
PhD Opportunity

Applications are invited from graduates from a range of disciplines to undertake a PhD focused on chronic disease and either sexual or reproductive health under the supervision of Dr Melissa Harris. The project will take advantage of longitudinal data (such as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health; http://www.alswh.org.au) linked with administrative health records. There is the opportunity to conduct quantitative as well as qualitative analyses.


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